November 19, 2018 GMT

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK — Tucker Johnson The Scranton Prep junior rushed for 231 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cavaliers to their fourth straight district championship in a 47-19 victory over Lakeland.



Age: 17

Family: Mother, Molly; late father, Eric; sister, Annie; brother, Luke

Three people you’d like to have dinner with: Will Ferrell, Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley

Favorite sports teams: Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and Boston Red Sox

Other sport you play: Lacrosse

Favorite food: Ramen noodles. Chicken, of course

Athletes you admire: Saquan Barkley and Leonard Fournette. They’re just workaholics.


Most famous person you’ve met: (Two-time Olympic gold medal skier) Ted Ligety. I met him in Vail, Colorado. We were just going down for a trip and we went out with my uncle and he introduced him to me. It was awesome.

Any rituals or superstitions? I usually go through McDonald’s, get a breakfast sandwich, and I always wear a Lee Electric T-shirt to every game.

You keep piling up more and more yards every game as you’ve stepped in for injured running back Ryan Cosgrove. Are you getting more comfortable as the games go on? Definitely, my confidence is definitely going up every game.

In the district title game, you averaged about 10 yards a carry. Talk about how well the running game went for you. It all starts with the guys up front. Without them, I wouldn’t be here today.

What makes your offensive line so good? I think they’re just so aggressive. They just love to get after people.

What does being a district champ again mean to you and your teammates? It means a lot. It’s what we’ve been striving for ever since the summer. We could only build from there.

You face District 4 champion Montoursville next week in the PIAA quarterfinals. What do you need to do to advance to the next round? Just come out and play Prep football.

You’ve had a big impact on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Do you have a preference playing offense or defense? It doesn’t matter to me. Whatever could help us win.

How did you get into football? I just kind of played football to try it out. I played everything, soccer, baseball.

What do you like most about it? Probably the physicality of it, knocking people around.

What’s the best part about playing football at Scranton Prep? You get to meet a bunch of different kids from every school district coming to together and just winning.

Any thoughts about what you’d like to do after high school? Definitely go to college. Hopefully play lacrosse. If not, I’d probably just go to college to be a normal student.

Any areas of study you’re thinking about? Maybe business

What’s the last movie you watched? Nacho Libre

What TV shows are you watching now? I mostly watch movies, but I’m into Cheers. I’ve been watching Cheers lately.


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